To Horace Mann
Dorninichin? don't you laugh at those wise connoisseurs, who pronounced it a copy? If it is one, where is the original ? or who was that so great master that could equal Dominichin ? Your brother has received the money for it, and Lord Orford is in great impatience for it ,• yet he begs, if you can find any opportunity, that it may be sent in a man-of-war. I must desire that the statue may be sent to Leghorn, to be shipped with it, and that you will get Compagni and Libri to transact the payment as they did for the picture, and I will pay your brother.
Villettes' important dispatches to you are as ridiculous as good Mr. Matthews's devotion. I fancy Mr. Matthews's own god1 would make as foolish a figure about a monkey's neck, as a Eoman Catholic one. You know, Sir Francis Dashwood used to say that Lord Shrewsbury's God was an old angry man in a blue cloak: another person that I knew, believed God was like a mouse, because He is invisible. I dare to say Matthews believes, that God lives upon beef and pudding, loves prize-fighting and bull-baiting, and drinks fog to the health of Old England.
I go to London in a week, and then will send you des cartloads of news : I know none now, but that we hear to-day of the arrival of Due d'Aremberg2—I suppose to return my Lord Carteret's visit. The latter was near being lost; he told the King, that being in a storm, he had thought it safest to put into Yarmouth Road, at which we laughed, hoh! hoh ! hoh!
For want of news, I live upon ballads to you ; here is one that has made a vast noise, and by Lord Hervey's taking great pains to disperse it, has been thought his own,—if it is:l, he has taken true care to disguise the niceness of his style.
LETTER 97.—l Admiral Hatthews's crew having disturbed some Roman Catholic ceremonies in a little island on the coast of Italy, hung a crucifix about a monkey's neck. Walpole.
2 Leopold Charles Philippe de Ligne (1690-1764), Due d'Aremberg.
3 It was certainly written by Lord Hervey. Walpole.